Councillors Encouraged to Acquaint Themselves with Building Act

first_img Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has called on colleagues in the Municipality to acquaint themselves with the Building Act of 2017. Senator Williams noted that the passage of the Act represents a significant moment in the history of the country and local government, “as it will make our infrastructure far more resilient than it is now, and will help to protect our environment from man-made and natural hazards”. Story Highlights “As councillors, I urge all of you to ensure that you know it. I will be convening a meeting to have presentations on the Act, which will give you the opportunity to ask various questions on clauses, so that you are comfortable with the law, because, as you all know, it comes under Local Government,” he told them. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has called on colleagues in the Municipality to acquaint themselves with the Building Act of 2017.The law was passed in the House of Representatives last year with 24 amendments and in the Senate with 30 amendments.“As councillors, I urge all of you to ensure that you know it. I will be convening a meeting to have presentations on the Act, which will give you the opportunity to ask various questions on clauses, so that you are comfortable with the law, because, as you all know, it comes under Local Government,” he told them.The Mayor was addressing the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation at its Church Street offices in downtown Kingston on February 13.Senator Williams noted that the passage of the Act represents a significant moment in the history of the country and local government, “as it will make our infrastructure far more resilient than it is now, and will help to protect our environment from man-made and natural hazards”.Some provisions of the Act include ensuring public safety and welfare, ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities regarding accessibility and safety, preventing squatter settlements, and promoting sustainable development.The law also provides for the establishment of the National Building Code and identifies the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the agency that will set the acceptable local and international standards for construction.In addition, the legislation establishes that the municipal corporations are to be the local building authorities and will be responsible for inspecting, certifying and taking the actions necessary to approve new structures, change existing buildings or destroy dangerous structures.It also streamlines the permit application system to eliminate unnecessary referrals and expedite responses, and facilitates the introduction of special express services.last_img read more

Interview: Sohar’s Expansion Goes Full Steam Ahead

first_imgSOHAR Port and Freezone, a deep-sea port and the adjacent free zone, located in Sohar, Oman, is undergoing a major expansion and has set very ambitious goals on a global scale, all with the goal of attracting major shipping players to the port.The Port has invested USD 15 billion in building up its infrastructure and has reached several milestones over the recent period. The big news at the moment is the move of all commercial traffic from Muscat to SOHAR – around 300,000 TEU, with the deadline for relocating operations set at the end of August.We wanted to find out more on the ongoing activities, and the best person to tell us all about that is Mr. Andre Toet, Chief Executive Officer at Sohar Port.WMN: First of all, as the port is readying for a complete switch of container operations from Muscat to SOHAR, scheduled for August, what can you tell us on the progress of this operation? Is everything going according to schedule?Image Courtesy: Sohar PortAndre Toet: “The transfer of container traffic from Muscat to SOHAR is by far the biggest moment in the Port’s history since it was established as a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Government of Oman, in 2002.As such we have been encouraged with the way in which the transition has been handled. Many of the companies that were operating out of Muscat have already made the move to SOHAR and have invested in our vision of a modern industrial hub in the Al Batinah region.We have also been pleased with the efforts that have been made to ensure we are able to accommodate both larger ships and greater container volumes.The Oman International Container Terminal has undergone a major USD130 million relocation and redevelopment project that almost doubled quay length, increased yard space from 28 to 68 hectares, and added 14 rubber tyred gantry cranes, and three post-panamax ship-to-shore cranes to the four already located on the quay.Although only a few hundred yards from its current location, the expansion of the container terminal and construction of a new Terminal C building is a symbol of our ambition. It also took investment in the port beyond USD 15 billion.”WMN: Could you elaborate on what will this switch mean for SOHAR in terms of handled capacity, benefits and employment? What have been the greatest challenges in enabling the transfer?Toet: “The switch of commercial traffic from Muscat is an integral part of our plans for the future but it is also an important step forward for Oman as a whole. While last year’s 12.7 percent growth in container throughput at Port Sultan Qaboos – in Muscat – was impressive, the ever-increasing size of container vessels and the shallow draft at the 40-year old port means economies of scale will always be limited without major redevelopment.This, of course, would be time consuming and expensive, not to mention disruptive to the nation’s capital. There is also the issue of space and low cost energy – something we have here in abundance within the Port and Freezone.Interest in the first phase of the Freezone, which has been fully leased out 3 years ahead of schedule, means that space will not be around forever.Especially given that container traffic is projected to pass 1.5 million TEU. For now, the move will mean container throughput more than doubles, from 206,000 TEU to around half a million containers.This is well within our current capacity of 800,000 – leaving enough room for expansion, but not too much for overcapacity. Meanwhile, as far as challenges go, the biggest challenge will be the sheer scale of the move, but like I say we have prepared well and have every confidence in the team we have in place.In terms of employment, we have created over 8,800 jobs and there are another 430 in the pipeline. While we offer the opportunity for companies to set up with lower levels of Omani employment, many choose to employ locally and therefore given our impressive growth rate of over 1,000 percent, I don’t see any reason why we can’t continue to do so – to create local jobs.”WMN: Your company announced plans to attract global operators to the port, can you tell us, what operators are you focusing on? Have there been any concrete results you would like to reveal?Toet: “Maersk Line was the first to embrace the move of commercial activity from Muscat and announce their commitment to SOHAR, which is already home to many of the world’s most renowned shipping companies such as UASC, CMA and APL.At the same time, our list of world-class terminal operators is growing by the day. Vale, Air Liquide, Larsen & Toubro, Methanol Holding International and Jindal Power and Steel operate their own terminal facilities at the Port, while independent terminal operators include Hutchinson Whampoa for containers, C. Steinweg for general cargo, and a joint venture between Oiltanking-and Odfjell for liquid bulk. WMN: What will be your growth strategy in the future period, what market will you focus on? Are there any particular branches for which you see potential for expansion?Toet: “Emerging economies are where we are seeing both tremendous growth and sustained interest in SOHAR Port and Freezone. This included BRICS countries Brazil and India, with investment in the Port seen through the establishment of Brazilian iron ore giant Vale’s 9 megaton pelletiser plant and distribution centre, and a steel manufacturing plant set up by India’s Jindal. We are also interested in markets in the Far East, such as Japan, China, and of course, Singapore. This strategy is based on the almost daily enquiries that we receive from potential investors.When you talk about specific industries, we are obviously keen to build on the success of our existing clusters – logistics, petrochemicals, and metals. Five ferrochrome smelters are being constructed on the Freezone as we speak, and another important development is taking place in the form of the expansion of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries – which will take the refinery’s capacity from 120,000 to 180,000 barrels per day and will feed into local industries.As already mentioned, we are also planning to capitalise on the decision to house a national food reserve at SOHAR by adding a dedicated agro-bulk terminal. We are also seeing interest in the automotive industry which, according to global consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan is set to record compound growth rates of 6.0 per cent in 2012-2017, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE among the largest markets. Spare parts sales are expected to double by 2017, to USD 13 billion.In line with this trend, SOHAR has secured lease agreements with Oman’s largest business house, Saud Bahwan, who will lease 40 hectares of the Freezone for a pre-delivery inspection and service centre – for Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Kia, and Ford. SOHAR is already home to Suhail Bahwan, who represent Nissan and BMW in the region – taking annual car handling to 200,000.”Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, July 28, 2014; Images: Sohar WMN:  What benefits can your prospective clients expect if they decide to start up a business at SOHAR Port and Freezone?Toet: “Location, land, power, and skilled staff are our strengths, and put SOHAR in an extremely strong position, particularly compared to our neighbours.Everybody is struggling to produce energy to meet rising customer demands, but we have it here in abundance. The area is also home to a young workforce with ambitions that equal our own and, with an average national age of 19 there is a certain amount of time on our side when it comes to providing the right training.There are of course other incentives, including 100 percent foreign ownership. If you want to do business in Oman, you have to have an Omani partner, but in the Freezone you don’t.You can also get a corporate tax holiday of up to 25 years. In this case, the tax break is constant, while its length is linked to the number of local staff hired. There are also no restrictions on sales to GCC countries, so ultimately, investors can set up projects in a profitable, easy, and flexible manner.All of these benefits are made available to businesses through our innovative one-stop-shop, which is a unique service that has been set up to support companies looking to register their operations at SOHAR. This innovative feature means companies no longer need to deal directly with the government, which saves time and ensures businesses can focus on what they do best.”WMN: Has trade been impacted by overcapacity of ships?Toet: “Our sustainable approach to business means the age-old debate surrounding overcapacity is not something that concerns me. As with any venture, there must be a balance between cargo throughput and expansion. Too much cargo and not enough space can be just as debilitating as having a large empty industrial facility, but SOHAR Freezone is already filling up faster than expected and phase one has almost been completely leased out much earlier than expected.As far as other ports are concerned, in Oman it is more about coordination, but beyond that competition prevails. Every port in Oman has its own value proposition. Salalah is the connection point between east and west. We in SOHAR are the gateway to Oman and the Middle East, the upper Gulf, and Indian Rim. Duqm will play a similar role, but their focus is primarily on heavy industries. As a result, you simply cannot compare Salalah with what is happening in SOHAR or Duqm. Of course there will some competition, but not as extreme. Again, beyond that, we see competition as being healthy and will keep us on our toes.”center_img The relocation of the Oman International Container Terminal has freed up space and paved the way for the addition of a new agro-bulk terminal and storage facility for a strategic national food reserve. The motivation for the reserve came from a request from the Omani governments as it looks to improve its food security, and is is envisioned as a complex of silos for the storage of a variety of grain commodities, including wheat, rice, barley and other types of grain.Oman Flour Mills (OFM) has been selected by the government to operate the facility and will handle public and private grain in order to achieve the economies of scale necessary to bring down the costs associated with maintaining the government reserve. The addition of an agro-bulk terminal is important in that it deviates from the original clustering established by the Port of Rotterdam.”last_img read more

Le procureur général annonce une nomination à la magistrature

first_imgLe procureur général et ministre de la Justice, Cecil Clarke, a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de Marci Lin Melvin comme juge au tribunal de la famille et à la cour provinciale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Mme Melvin a plusieurs années d’expérience et offre une perspective unique, » a dit M. Clarke. « Elle sera au service des Néo-Écossais et contribuera à l’administration juste et équitable de la justice. » Mme Melvin a été admise au Barreau de la Nouvelle-Écosse en 1982. Elle a été avocate à l’emploi de l’aide juridique à Yarmouth, où elle était spécialisée dans le droit familial. Elle compte 24 années d’expérience de pratique. Elle prévoit améliorer ses compétences linguistiques en français afin de pouvoir juger des causes en français. Elle a également publié six livres pour enfants et un roman historique. Tous les profits réalisés par la vente de ses livres ont été versés à des oeuvres de bienfaisances pour enfants et à la Fondation canadienne du cancer du sein. Les juges de la cour provinciale doivent avoir au moins cinq ans d’expérience comme procureur de la Cour suprême de la Nouvelle-Écosse et doivent répondre à d’autres critères établis par le Conseil consultatif sur les nominations à la magistrature provinciale. Les membres du comité incluent deux membres de l’Association des avocats de la Nouvelle-Écosse, les juges en chef de la cour provinciale et du tribunal de la famille et quatre membres non juristes nommés par le ministre de la Justice. La cour provinciale a compétence exclusive sur toutes les infractions punissables par procédure sommaire en vertu des lois provinciales et des lois et règlements fédéraux. Le tribunal de la famille offre un forum pour l’audition de causes liées à la pension alimentaire, aux questions de garde et d’accès, à la violence familiale entre conjoints ou entre un parent et un enfant, ainsi qu’aux questions de protection de l’enfance. Pour plus d’information sur les tribunaux de la Nouvelle-Écosse, consultez le site Web www.courts.ns.ca.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Businesses Look for Export Opportunities

first_imgDozens of Nova Scotia businesses will be looking for opportunities to sell their goods and services in new markets with support from government. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson announced today, Oct. 21, that 26 companies will receive help to export their products through the Global Business Accelerator Program. “These are innovative, leading-edge businesses that want to do business around the world,” said Mr. Samson. “Government understands that sometimes there are barriers to this kind of expansion, and we want to partner with our ambitious entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to create the conditions where they can grow and be successful.” Considering the small size of the Nova Scotia market, trade is critically important to the economy and standard of living. The Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy said the private sector must generate significantly more exports to achieve lasting economic turnaround. Under the program, businesses hire a professional with international business expertise, and is reimbursed by government up to 80 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $35,000. One recipient is AGADA Biosciences. The Halifax company is working to develop drugs to fight disorders like muscular dystrophy. “In the first 12 months of operations, we have had contracts from Italy, France, Sweden, England, and the United States, and new contracts are coming in from Japan, South Korea and Australia,” said company president Dr. Kanneboyina Nagaraju. “This program is certainly contributing to the rapid growth and success of AGADA.” The program is administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. This year’s total investment is $740,811. For more information, including a list of recipients, visit www.novascotia.ca/econ/GBAP .last_img read more

Dem vs DemTulsi Gabbard seeks apology from Kamala Harris

first_imgWashington DC: Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard has sought an apology from her fellow party lawmaker, Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris, alleging that people “suffered” when she was the attorney general of California. Both Gabbard, 38, and Harris, 54, who are popular among Indian-Americans, appeared on the same stage in Detroit on Wednesday at the CNN’s Democratic presidential debate. Trailing far behind Harris in current opinion polls, Gabbard — the first Hindu to ever run for the presidency of the United States — was aggressive in attacking the Senator from California on the criminal justice system. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The bottom line is, Senator Harris, when you were in a position to make a decision and an impact in these people’s lives you did not and worse yet, in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so,” Gabbard said amidst applause from the audience. “There is no excuse for that. And the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor you owe them an apology,” she said. Harris was quick to defend her record as attorney general of California. “As the elected attorney general of California, I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people which became a national model for the work that needs to be done,” she said. The Indian-American Senator said she was proud of her work in California.last_img read more

Dirty Chinese Restaurant game denounced as racist by US Ont politicians

first_imgA Toronto-area company’s upcoming video game called “Dirty Chinese Restaurant” is being denounced as racist, but the business says its product is meant as satire.Big-O-Tree Games says the game — in which players chase cats and dogs with a cleaver, scavenge for ingredients and dodge immigration officials — “in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture.”The Markham, Ont., company says the game is coming out soon for Apple and Android devices but it has yet to announce a release date.A New York congresswoman this week urged all platforms not to carry the game or any other that “glorifies in hurting any community.”In a Facebook post on Monday, New York Rep. Grace Meng says the game “uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American.”Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also condemned the game on Twitter on Thursday, saying such racism has no place in Ontario.Big-O-Tree has issued two trailers for the game, which show the protagonist, Wong Fu, dumpster diving, evading tax collectors and sabotaging competitors.The videos begin with the company’s logo and the tagline, “Because being politically correct is so…boring.”The company defended the game in a statement posted on its website.“It has come to our attention that our small, independent game, ‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant,’ has upset some people due to its content,” it said.“Our game is mainly satire and comedy influenced by the classic politically incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as: ‘South Park,’ ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Sanford & Son,’ ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Simpsons,’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show.’ We also listen to Jay-Z.”The company describes itself as a small independent game studio “making games no one thought possible” and says it strives “to create entertainment that we all want to experience which is fun, addictive, and hilarious.”last_img read more

Navy comfortable with one temporary support ship Commander

first_imgOTTAWA — The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy says he is “comfortable” having only one temporary support ship given the current timeline for the permanent vessels to start arriving.The federal government is facing calls and pressure from Quebec and opposition parties to lease a second temporary support vessel from Davie Shipbuilding pending the completion of new ships to replace the ones that were retired in 2015.However Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd tells The Canadian Press the first ship is meeting the navy’s requirements and that his focus is on the two permanent support ships currently being built in Vancouver.While the scheduled delivery of those vessels has slipped several times over the years, defence officials say they are now reasonably confident the first will be delivered around 2023.The federal government paid Quebec-based Davie nearly $700-million to lease a converted civilian vessel to be a temporary support ship and it is currently working in the Pacific with the navy.Advocates for a second ship have said the plan is a win-win by arguing that the navy needs the vessel and the deal will support hundreds of underemployed Davie workers in the Quebec City area.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Western Canada Fashion Week

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Photo: Kelly RosboroughWestern Canada Fashion Week (WCFW), which was established in 2005, has developed into a nationally-recognized fashion and design event and the second-largest Fashion Week in Canada. What sets us apart is our mission to create a community of all involved in the fashion and beauty industries, including media and production staff. WCFW demonstrates a commitment to the development of the fashion, art and design community through subsidizing all designers who showcase at our events, creating competitions that generate recognition and financial support for entrants, and providing year-round opportunities for designers to market collections and gain publicity. We are unique among fashion weeks around the world because we are a platform for established designers as well as an in-house incubator that discovers new talent and launches the careers of young designers. WCFW is a local event with a global vision, enabling our designers to work locally while reaching larger markets. Advertisement Advertisement About Western Canada Fashion Week We are proud to have been a part of launching the careers of designers such as Sid Neigum, Caitlin Power, Derek Jagodzinsky (LUXX ready-to-wear), Malorie Urbanovitch, and Jessica Halabi as well as models such as Linsay Willier (Canada’s Next Top Model). WCFW At a GlanceMain EventMarch + September; 9 days of runway showsDesigners50 local, national + international designers; notable past presenters include David Dixon, G-Star Raw, Izzy Cammerlleri, Joeffer Caoc + Paul HardyModels400 per yearAudience15,000+ attendees for WCFW + other fashion events per yearNotable GuestsCasey Affleck, Kreesha Turner, Lloyd Lewis (CTV), Mayor Mandel, Talla Rajaei (Big Brother Canada)Notable PerformersCitie Ballet, Quentisha, Manuela WüthrichMedia CoverageExtensive recognition including magazines (Avenue, Elle Canada, Flare, LOULOU), TV (City, CTV, Global), newspapers (Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Globe and Mail, National Post, Vancouver Sun), radio (CBC Radio, HOT 107)PhotosOver 1 million hits on official WCFW Flickr page per seasonCommunity InvolvementLois Hole Hospital for Women, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Global Women with Vision, Bavaria BMW fundraiser for Maier Centre for Autism Services, The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Couture for Cambodia, Bissell Center, HIV EdmontonUnique to WCFWCompetitions to develop the design community such as the Emerging Designer Competition, Costume Design Competition, Fantasy Hair & Makeup Competition, PHABRIKATED Design Competition (create a gown using non-fabric materials), For the Love of Winter (WinterCity Strategy Design Competition)Salon Showcase (featuring innovative hair teams and salons)Support for independent retailers, designers + local art communitiesYouth outreach programsIncubator ProgramDeveloped to nurture and support Western Canada’s young, local fashion entrepreneurs by providing them resources needed to create a marketable lineSOCIAL MEDIA LINKSWEB:  http://westerncanadafashionweek.comFACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/WesternCanadaFashionWeek/last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_imgCHELMSFORD, Mass. — Army looks for a few good robots, sparks industry battleThe Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight — not yet, at least — but to help the men and women who do.These robots aren’t taking up arms, but the companies making them have waged a different kind of battle. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court.___Euro currency remains a work in progress on 20th birthdayFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The euro is about to celebrate its 20th birthday, but the countries that use it are still wrestling with how the shared currency should work and how to fix flaws exposed by the debt crisis that marred its second decade.The euro was launched on Jan. 1, 1999, when 10 countries fixed their exchange rates to it and handed decisions on interest rates to the newly-founded European Central Bank. Euro notes and coins went into circulation three years later.The shared currency was seen as a solution to the constant quarrels over exchange rates that had marked European politics after World War II and as a logical extension of the European Union’s tariff-free trade zone. Britain, notably, opted out, but 19 of 28 EU countries use the euro.___North Korea’s ‘Singapore shops’ expose gap in sanctions pushPYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Despite the unwanted publicity of a criminal trial for one of their main suppliers, business is booming at Pyongyang’s ‘Singapore shops,’ which sell everything from Ukrainian vodka to brand-name knock-offs from China. The stores stock many of the very things United Nations’ sanctions banning trade in luxury goods are intended to block and provide a nagging reminder that not all potential trade partners are lining up behind the U.N.’s pronouncements or the Trump administration’s policy of maximum pressure on the North.Especially when there’s a buck — or a few million bucks — to be made.The stores are anything but secret.___US pending home sales slipped 0.7 per cent in NovemberWASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in November as higher mortgage rates and prices continued to squeeze would-be buyers out of the market.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its pending home sales index dipped 0.7 per cent last month to 101.4. The index based on contract signings has dropped 7.7 per cent over the past year and has recorded 11 straight year-over-year decreases.___Tesla names Oracle’s Ellison to board in SEC settlementNEW YORK (AP) — Tesla named Oracle’s Larry Ellison and an executive from Walgreens to its board Friday as part of a settlement with U.S. regulators who demanded more oversight of CEO Elon Musk.Ellison and Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, an executive vice-president at Walgreens Boots Alliance, join the board as independent directors, effective immediately.Musk got into trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission in early August when he said in a tweet that he had “funding secured” to take the electric car company private at $420 per share.___GOP and Democrats trade blame for shutdown, no deal in sightWASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.As agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power, it sets up the first big confrontation between Trump and newly empowered Democrats. Trump is sticking with his demand for money to build a border wall with Mexico, and Democrats, who take control of the House on Jan. 3, are refusing to give him what he wants.Trump raised the stakes on Friday, reissuing threats to shut the U.S.-Mexico border to pressure Congress to fund the wall and to shut off aid to three Central American countries from which many migrants have fled.___EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plantsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is considering backing off of its regulation of toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.In an announcement Friday, the EPA proposes what would be another Trump administration rollback of federal enforcement under the Clean Air Act. It’s the latest administration effort on behalf of the country’s coal industry.___Wall Street faces annual losses despite solid gains for weekWall Street capped a week of volatile trading Friday with an uneven finish and the market’s first weekly gain since November. Still, a rough month of December has erased all the market’s 2018 gains and nudged the S&P 500 closer to its worst year since 2008.___The S&P 500 index fell 3.09 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,485.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 76.42 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 23,062.40. The Nasdaq added 5.03 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,584.52.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 1.6 per cent to settle at $45.33 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, inched up 0.1 per cent to close at $52.20 a barrel in London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Polio campaign shows it is possible to treat all in Angola –

“Reaching children is no longer the main problem,” Lee Jong-wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said today on his first national visit since taking office last month. “What needs to be done now is to deliver more proven health interventions, including routine immunization, improved care for mothers and newborns and surveillance and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS. “Several million Angolans are now resettling into their home areas. Now is the time to bring health services to them by rebuilding the infrastructure at communal level,” he added, referring to the more than 4.5 million Angolans displaced during the war. Dr. Lee, participating in the latest stage of the national polio immunization days, chose Angola for his first visit to demonstrate his commitment to working with countries facing extremely difficult health issues, including high rates of malaria, growing incidence of HIV and a health system working with extremely limited resources. The three-day polio campaign aims to vaccinate more than 5 million children under five against the disease. Using cars, bicycles, canoes, motorcycles, helicopters and travelling by foot, tens of thousands of vaccinators have in the last year successfully reached more than 5 million children with polio vaccine three times. As a result, no cases of polio have been found in Angola since September 2001. By contrast, the country had the largest recorded outbreak of polio on the African continent in 1999, when more than 1,000 children were paralyzed. With 2.4 million displaced people already back in their homes, WHO and its partners have been providing basic health kits, supporting immunization services including routine immunization, the polio and measles national immunization campaigns, and lab supplies as well as drugs for malaria, TB, leprosy, trypanosomiasis, onchocerciasis as the government plans resettlement of 2 million more people. read more

Employersponsored pension funds grew 41 per cent in Q1 StatsCan

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Employer-sponsored pension funds grew 4.1 per cent in Q1: StatsCan by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2012 9:28 am MDT OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the market value of employer-sponsored, trusteed pension funds was $1.1 trillion at the end of the first quarter, up 4.1 per cent from the previous quarter.The agency says that’s the largest gain since the fourth quarter of 2010.The report says pension fund investments in stocks rose nine per cent to $369.1 billion.Investments in bonds edged down 0.3 per cent to $423.6 billion.Pension fund revenues increased 26.7 per cent to $37 billion in the quarter, on significant gains from the sale of securities.Just over six million Canadians are members of employer pension plans, with the vast majority members of trusteed plans. read more

New renders show the PSP2 in more detail

first_imgEarly in November, images leaked purporting to be of Sony‘s next-gen handheld PSP2 console.The problem was… those images were pretty bad: they looked more like something the TSA might pull off a body scanning machine than a real leaked shot of the device. They were practically X-Ray, and although they showcased the basic hardware of the device, they weren’t exactly a pretty way to contemplate the future of the portable PlayStation line.AdChoices广告Here, though. Is the image above better? It’s not an official image from Sony, of course: it’s a mock-up created by PSM3 magazine for an article speculating on both the PSP2 and the PlayStation Phone.As you can see in the image above, the PSP2 is believed to sport the look of the PSP Go, while also boasting twin cameras and a back-mounted touch panel, seen in the image below:Otherwise, the PSP2 is still the subject of rumor, although it’s said that the PSP2 will have “the horsepower of the Xbox 360” when it finally launches next year. Even if that’s exaggeration — and it is — the PSP2 should be a very visually impressive machine if it follows the trail of its predecessor.Read more at PSM3last_img read more

Mass grave of Greek Cypriots discovered

first_img-“A Turkish military zone in the illegally occupied north of Cyprus may hold the answer to the fate of some of the 1,464 still-unaccounted-for missing from the Turkish invasion of 1974,” said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus in London. Theodorou was referring to recent reports that up to 1,000 Greek Cypriots are buried in the area near the occupied village of Lapithos, in the Kyrenia district. The area is fenced off with barbed wire and signs have been erected warning about mines, although a Turkish Cypriot newspaper has reported that “everyone can walk around in that area as he wishes. No mines have been found until now.” “According to what appears to be an open secret,” Theodorou said, “whenever anyone wants a skeleton or a skull for medical studies, he is directed to the site where he is free to dig for whatever he seeks.” Theodorou explained that since the invasion, the Republic of Cyprus has been demanding information about the missing Cypriots, and Turkey has refused to provide any information either to the Republic or to the International Red Cross.“Witnesses have reported that shortly after the invasion, between 800 and 1,000 Greek Cypriot bodies were collected from Lapithos and Vasilia, and were buried in a place known as “Agni,” close to the little harbour where the Lapithos fishermen kept their boats,” Theodorou said. One witness has reported that shortly after the bodies were buried, he noticed a fire started by the Turkish army and, upon enquiring about it, he was told that the recent rain had uncovered some of the bodies and the Turkish Army was burning the bodies. “The time has long passed for Turkey to officially account for the missing Greek Cypriots,” Theodorou added. “Reports and depositions from witnesses are not enough, and the European Union must demand that Turkey cannot hope for accession to the EU until it does.” Since the invasion, Turkey has been occupying 37 per cent of the north of the island, and has been supporting its control of the area with an occupation army of 43,000 men. In addition, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Turkey has imported 160,000 Anatolian colonists into the north to change its demographics. Lobby for Cyprus is based in the UK, and is dedicated to the unification of the island through the removal of the 43,000-man Turkish army. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Virus de Schmallenberg interruption des importations danimaux de pays de lUE en

first_imgVirus de Schmallenberg : interruption des importations d’animaux de pays de l’UE en RussieLa Russie a décidé de suspendre l’importation de moutons, chèvres et bovins en provenance de 4 pays d’Europe (Allemagne, Pays-Bas, Belgique et France). En cause : la découverte de nouveaux cas de maladie due au virus de Schmallenberg.Depuis novembre 2011, les cas de maladie due au virus de Schmallenberg se multiplient en Europe. Détecté pour la première fois en Allemagne, ce virus s’est attaqué aux animaux d’élevage, mouton, chèvres et bovins de plusieurs pays de l’Union européenne. Face à cette situation, la Russie a décidé de prendre ses précautions. Elle a pris la décision de suspendre à partir de mercredi l’importation d’animaux en provenance de 4 pays d’Europe.À lire aussiPompéi, chèvres et champs magnétiques, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 octobrePlus précisément, le pays a instauré des restrictions temporaires sur l’importation de moutons, chèvres et bovins ainsi que de matériel génétique en provenance de l’Allemagne, des Pays-Bas, de la Belgique et de la France, comme l’a expliqué le service de surveillance vétérinaire russe Rosselkhoznadzor. Par ailleurs, les autorités russes maintiennent les restrictions déjà en vigueur sur l’importation d’animaux en provenance de la Grande-Bretagne mais introduisent à partir du 1er février les (mêmes) restrictions sur le matériel génétique en provenance de ce pays, ajoute le communiqué relayé par l’AFP. Pour sa part, la Commission européenne a d’ores et déjà déploré les mesures prises par la Russie. Elle estime en effet qu’il n’y avait pas d’urgence sanitaire en Europe. De même, l’Agence européenne de sécurité des aliments (AESA) a tenu à souligner que le virus de Schmallenberg n’était pas transmissible à l’homme.Le 2 février 2012 à 10:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le syndrome de Münchhausen définition symptômes causes questce que cest

first_imgLe syndrome de Münchhausen : définition, symptômes, causes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le syndrome de Münchhausen est un trouble psychologique qui consiste à simuler et à s’inventer des maladies dans le but d’être pris en charge par le corps médical. C’est une pathologie grave qui peut emmener la personne atteinte à prendre des médicaments ou à s’automutiler afin de provoquer les symptômes. Qu’est-ce que le syndrome de Münchhausen ?Le syndrome de Münchhausen tient son nom du baron de Münchhausen, un officier aux histoires abracadabrantes devenu le personnage principal d’un roman de Rudolph Erich Raspe.Les personnes présentant un syndrome de Münchhausen s’inventent des maladies afin d’attirer l’attention des médecins, se faire hospitaliser et même parfois se faire opérer inutilement. Ces “faux patients” décrivent des symptômes imaginaires afin de convaincre le corps médical qu’ils sont réellement atteints d’une affection ou d’une maladie. Pour y parvenir, ils vont jusqu’à ingurgiter des médicaments pour déclencher des symptômes qui laisseront croire qu’ils sont malades. La personne atteinte connaît souvent très bien la maladie qu’elle se saura choisie et essaiera d’orienter le médecin vers ce diagnostic.Il existe une variante du syndrome de Münchhausen que l’on nomme syndrome de Münchhausen par procuration. Dans ce cas, il s’agit d’un parent, le plus souvent une mère, qui invente de fausses maladies chez son enfant et ce, toujours dans le but d’attirer l’attention des médecins. La mère provoque des symptômes chez son enfant en lui donnant notamment des médicaments pour qu’un docteur diagnostique une maladie ou lui prescrive un traitement. Les conséquences du syndrome de Münchhausen par procuration peuvent être graves puisque l’enfant abusé, qui était pourtant en pleine santé, peut subir de multiples traitements et même parfois des opérations pouvant lui occasionner des séquelles irréversibles. Le syndrome de Münchhausen par procuration est considéré comme une forme de maltraitance à l’enfant.Syndrome de Münchhausen : quels sont les symptômes ?Étant donné que le syndrome de Münchhausen repose sur l’invention de fausses maladies, les symptômes décrient par les patients peuvent être multiples et variés. Après s’être choisie une maladie, la personne l’étudiera et trouvera les moyens de provoquer les symptômes de la dite maladie. Pour y parvenir, elle pourra par exemple s’empoisonner ou s’infliger différents traumatismes. Voici certains signe et indices qui peuvent alerter les proches ou les médecins sur un possible syndrome de Münchhausen/ – Les personnes décrivent les symptômes caractéristiques suivants : fièvre, saignements, vomissements,  convulsions ou accidents domestiques – Absence d’effets des médicaments prescrits – Le fait que les enfants guérissent en l’absence des parents- Les symptômes apparaissent uniquement lorsque la personne est seule et qu’elle ne peut être   examinée par le médecin- Multiplicité de cas de maladies rares chez un même patient- Le patient a un important dossier médical dans plusieurs hôpitaux- Présence de plusieurs cicatrices dues à des opérations chirurgicales- Pour les cas de syndrome de Münchhausen par procuration, la mère peut fausser les analyses   (en ajoutant du sang dans les urines par exemple) et tenter d’influencer les prescriptions du   médecin Les causes du syndrome de MünchhausenLes causes du syndrome de Münchhausen ne sont pas connues, mais plusieurs des personnes touchées ont des troubles de la personnalité. Certaines ont été victimes de traumatismes dans l’enfance et d’autres vivent des situations familiales conflictuelles. Il n’y a aucune statistique officielle sur le nombre de personnes atteintes du syndrome de Münchhausen, mais il semblerait que les hommes soient davantage atteints par sa forme simple alors que les femmes sont majoritairement concernées par le syndrome par procuration. Il a été observé que ces femmes évoluent souvent dans un milieu médical ou paramédical. Traitement du syndrome de MünchhausenLe syndrome de Münchhausen est un trouble psychologique complexe et son traitement l’est tout autant. Il peut en effet être difficile de faire comprendre à une personne qu’elle est atteinte de ce syndrome. Celle-ci sera souvent dans le déni et refusera d’admettre sa pathologie. À lire aussiGaz du sang : définition, comment cela se passe, y a-t-il des risques ?L’hospitalisation est souvent nécessaire pour prendre en charge le patient. Il faut non seulement que celui-ci n’ait plus accès à des médicaments, mais qu’il soit aussi évalué par un psychologue ou un psychiatre. Dans un cas de syndrome de Münchhausen par procuration, l’enfant devra parfois être séparé de sa mère afin d’être protégé des agissements de celle-ci.Dans tous les cas, une thérapie est indispensable pour comprendre l’origine du syndrome de Münchhausen.Le 21 juillet 2016 à 16:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Governor General Welcomes Students and Staff of Black Point AllAge School

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, welcomed students and staff of Black Point All-Age School, Exuma, at Government House on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img

San Diego gas prices hit highest point since August 2015

first_imgSan Diego gas prices hit highest point since August 2015 April 20, 2018 Posted: April 20, 2018 Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018 Updated: 6:28 PM KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose 1.2 cents today to $3.592, its highest amount since Aug. 25, 2015.The average price has increased nine of the past 10 days, rising 4.2 cents, including one-tenth of a cent on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 2.5 cents more than one week ago, 14.8 cents higher than one month ago and 56.6 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 47 cents since the start of the year.“While local gas prices are definitely higher than in the last two years, the increase between the lowest and highest price points so far for the year is less than the typical price increase between Jan. 1 and mid-April of 70 cents or more,” said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.President Trump weighed in on the high oil prices on Twitter Friday:last_img read more

Major San Diego power outages strike across the County

first_img February 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thousands of utility customers across San Diego County saw their power knocked out amid Saturday’s rainstorm.More than 3,600 customers were affected in at least five separate outages across the region, according to San Diego Gas and Electric.About 400 customers in the Oceanside area had been without power since noon. Another outage in Vista affected about 1,700 customers and was reported around 3:30 p.m., and about 800 customers in the Kearny Mesa area lost power around 4:30 p.m., according to SDGE’s online outage map.Smaller outages were reported near Santa Ysabel and in Rainbow.SDGE spokesman Wes Jones said crews were investigating the causes of all the outages. Major San Diego power outages strike across the County KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

At F8 Zuckerberg unveils Facebooks new mantra The future is private

first_img Zuckerberg’s F8 keynote is his biggest speech of the year, akin to a State of the Union for Facebook. In past keynotes, he reflected on turning 30, took a veiled shot at then-candidate Donald Trump against building walls, and apologized for Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data scandal. This year’s conference comes during the most tumultuous period in Facebook’s history. The social network is still reeling from its role in helping to spread disinformation in the 2016 US presidential election, as well as efforts by state actors to sway several subsequent elections. Facebook has also faced criticism for what critics have called a cavalier approach to user data that has taken the form of traditional data breaches, as well as reportedly using personal information as bargaining chips with partner companies. Facebook has also received blowback for reportedly trying to deflect blame for some of its policies, and hiring the communications firm Definers, which specializes in opposition research, to dig up dirt on the company’s detractors.Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook’s new focus on privacy might seem disingenuous after its past scandals. “I get that a lot of people think we’re not serious about this,” Zuckerberg said. “I know we don’t have the strongest reputation on privacy, to put it lightly.” Zuckerberg has recently called for more regulation of the tech industry. Last month, he said in an op-ed in The Washington Post that lawmakers should focus on legislation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.  Post a comment Facebook Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 Tags 2:50 Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is doubling down on privacy. At F8, the social network’s annual developer conference, Facebook’s CEO said the company is shifting its efforts to not only focus on public spaces like your news feed, but also private places online.”I believe the future is private,” Zuckerberg said. “This is the next chapter for our services.”In a bombshell move, Zuckerberg said last month Facebook would refocus the entire company around privacy. He said the infrastructure of all of Facebook’s services, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, would be more technically integrated and prioritize end-to-end encryption, which makes user messages unreadable to other parties, as well as other privacy features. Facebook’s Zuckerberg preaches ‘The future is private’ Tech Industrylast_img read more

2 killed in separate gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationA suspected drug trader and a ‘robber’ were killed in separate incidents of ‘gunfight’ in Mymensingh and Khulna districts respectively early Saturday, reports UNB.In Mymensingh, a suspected drug trader was killed in ‘gunfight’ with detectives at Savar Bazar intersection area in Nandail upazila.The deceased is identified as Hazrat Ali, 45, son of Razzak Ali of the area and an accused in several drug cases.Shah Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of district detective branch of police, said that a team of DB police conducted a drive around 1:30am.Sensing the presence of the policemen, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gun fight.After the gunfight, police rescued bullet-wounded Ali and took him to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police also recovered 300 grams heroin, 200 yaba pills and three cartridges.In Khulna, an alleged robber was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion – 6 members in Thukra area of Dumuria upazila in the district early Saturday.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Sub-inspector of Dumuria police station Saiful Islam said a gang of robbers swooped on a house in Thukra area around 1:30am while a Rapid Action Battalion team was passing the area.Hearing scream of the inmates the RAB team rushed to the spot and the robbers fired gunshot, forcing them to fire back that triggered gunfight, he said.After the gunfight, law enforcers recovered the body of a robber from the spot while the other gang members managed to flee, said the SI.last_img read more